Roberts: Boro full of confidence

Mark Roberts says his side are going into this weekend’s clash with Bradford City brimming with confidence after winning each of their last five games.

Roberts scored twice in Stevenage’s 4-0 win away to Macclesfield Town last Saturday and says that his side wants to extend its winning run to six games against a team they outplayed earlier in the season only to go down to a 1-0 defeat.

“That’s five wins we’ve posted back-to-back, and we’re looking for our sixth on Saturday,” Roberts told The Comet.

“It’s important to keep this run going. The more games we win, the more points we get, and when you’re full of confidence you want as many games as possible and we will look forward to Bradford.

“They’ve had quite a lot of changes there, they’ve got a new manager, but we’ve made changes too.

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“We did play them off the park there and we were unlucky, not just to not come away with one point but to not come away with all three points either.

“We’ll go into the game brimming with confidence and hopefully we can make sure we get that sixth win.”

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Roberts’ brace against the Silkmen, in a game which also saw Rob Sinclair score two goals, was the first time the 27-year-old had scored two goals in a professional game, but the centre-back could have had a third had his shot on the turn just before half time not gone straight to Macclesfield goalkeeper Jose Veiga.

“It was a bit of fancy footwork in the box, so (I was) a bit unfortunate not to finish that one off,” he explained.

“I do work hard on my goalscoring, I used to be a striker a long time ago so I always fancy myself to get a goal or two.

“I’m not far behind (Byron Harrison), the leading scorer has seven. As I said before the game I fancy myself but I’ve never scored two goals in a game before so it was quite nice.”

Boro boss Graham Westley says his team will have to be at their best this weekend if they want to extend their run of wins to six games.

“We have to be ready, we’ve got a big club coming down our way.

“They’ve had a difficult season but they’re under new management now (Peter Jackson took over from Peter Taylor in February) so they’ll be changing the way they do things, trying to improve their performances.

“They’re always a dangerous side to play and we’ll have to make sure we’re right on the money to get the result we want.”

Boro could welcome back Scott Laird after the left-back recovered from a knock to come off the bench last Saturday.

Back-up goalkeeper Ashley Bayes is expected to be out for the rest of the season so on-loan Joe Welch, pictured right, will take his place on the bench.

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